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Flood-prone school to be re-sited

School under water
Pupils have just moved back to their classrooms after a flood in December

A Somerset primary school which has been regularly flooded is to be rebuilt at a different location.

Pupils at Countess Gytha Primary School, in Queen Camel, have just moved back to their classrooms after the last deluge in December 2008.

At the reopening ceremony it was revealed that the school would be moved to a new site yet to be decided.

"The programme has been agreed and it should take place in the next year or two," said head teacher Janet Mills.

'Bang the table'

Former governor Diane Jones said: "My eldest boy was here in 1974 and the first flood was in May 1979 and there was an absolute cloudburst over this area.

"We've kept on saying this is a ridiculous site for a school when you consider the proximity of the river, it's a flood risk, [the move] is long overdue."

Somerton and Frome MP David Heath said: "There are an awful lot of schools that need replacing around the county.

"Even when I was leader of the county council 25 years ago, we had a list of 100 schools and it takes time to work your way up the priority list.

"We've had to bang on the table quite hard and say 'look, this has got to be done', we can't keep on putting the school in the difficulties of being flooded each year."



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